Thursday, December 23, 2004


Hijacking message a prank

`A man on board a flight from Sydney Airport caused a major international security alert when he text-messaged his wife overseas to tell her his plane had been hijacked by Islamic terrorists. [..]

Mr Casale’s distressed wife alerted Italian police within minutes of receiving the flurry of messages at home in Milan.

Australian Federal Police were then told a group of terrorists had possibly boarded the flight in Sydney and were asked by Italian authorities to carry out background checks on all passengers.

Anti-terror agents in Kuala Lumpur were also tipped off about the possibility of another September 11-style terror attack. [..]’

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